Matthew Bell has been the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) since September 2014. Prior to this, he was a Director at Frontier Economics where he led its Public Policy Practice, encompassing the environment, industry, energy, transport, healthcare and agriculture. Matthew was also among the earliest advisers to the CCC – working on its approach to transport and the environment. He has led numerous projects for UK government departments and headed the team of advisers that provided input into the UK’s First National Adaptation Programme for climate change.
The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. In November 2015 the CCC delivered its advice to Government about the appropriate scale of emissions reduction for the period 2028 to 2032. The Government accepted its advice and the UK now has a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 57% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
The Carbon Market Institute, the peak Australian business association assisting companies in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy. CMI has become a key conduit between Australian business and domestic and international government policy makers, regulators and agencies. CMI runs national events and industry working groups, produces market research, facilitates commercial collaboration and serves a growing national membership base. Throughout Peter's 25-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services. Previously Peter was Managing Director of Cleantech Australasia where he designed and ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter has held prior roles as the Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
James leads CDP’s work in Australia and New Zealand. He is based in Sydney, and has been working at CDP since 2010.
CDP – formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project - motivates companies and cities to disclose their environmental impacts, giving decision makers the data they need to change market behaviour. CDP works to transform the way the world does business to prevent dangerous climate change and protect our natural resources. We use the power of measurement and information disclosure to improve the management of environmental risks and opportunities, as evidence and insight is vital to driving real change.
Over 5,500 companies around the world disclosed climate change information in 2015 through CDP, whose signatories and members now include:
James holds an MBA in Strategic Carbon Management from the University of East Anglia, and a BA (Politics) from Macquarie University. He previously worked as a communications consultant and programme manager for over 8 years - where his clients included Microsoft and Diageo in the UK, and numerous government agencies and NGOs in Australia - and in public policy advocacy at Oxfam Australia for 3 years.
Angus is the founding President of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which supports renewable energy development and watershed restoration in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Duncan has worked in private sector renewable energy project development, in state and local government, as a Member and Chair of the Northwest Power Planning Council, and as Director of Energy Policy, US Department of Transportation.
In 2004 Mr. Duncan chaired the Drafting Committee that wrote Oregon’s climate change goals and strategy, since adopted by the Governor and Legislature. In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Kulongoski as Chair of Oregon’s new Global Warming Commission; and in 2009, to the Governor’s Energy Policy Council. Mr. Duncan has consulted with NRDC since 2007 on utility energy and climate policies in the Pacific Northwest states; and with The Bullitt Foundation on transportation energy and greenhouse gas issues.
President Barack Obama nominated Mark Gilbert as United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa on January 6, 2014. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Gilbert’s appointment on December 12, 2014 and he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on January 7, 2015. Ambassador Gilbert formerly served as a Managing Director of UBS, the culmination of a 29 year career in finance. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Deputy National Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee. Prior to his banking career, Ambassador Gilbert played professional baseball for eight seasons, reaching the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox in 1985. Ambassador Gilbert is the first former major league player to become a United States Ambassador. Ambassador Gilbert served on the Development Committee and Utah Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute; has served as Chairman of the Board and Finance Committee at the Pine Crest School (1992-2012); and as President and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee of B'nai Torah Congregation (1994-2007). Ambassador Gilbert is a graduate of Florida State University.
Ms Jeanblanc-Risler has an extensive career in economics, trade and international affairs.
She arrived on March 1st from Tokyo where she was Minister Counsellor for Economic affairs at the French Embassy in Tokyo, also responsible for Asia-Pacific affairs (coordination of action plans for Korea, Australia, New-Zealand and the Pacific Islands).
Since 1992, she has alternated between Paris and foreign postings throughout her career for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, mainly in G7 countries - Japan, United States, Canada - with major exposure to international trade and multilateral affairs with GATT and WTO through the Uruguay and Doha Rounds, the G20, as well as with European affairs with a five year position at the French Representation to the European Union.
She has been working actively with the private sector, business and professional organizations, in promoting trade and investment both ways to France and foreign countries and defending French positions in many free trade negotiations, for example the concluded EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement and the on-going EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement.
She is a Knight of the Legion of Honor, the Order of Merit, and the Order of Art and Culture.
Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC).
Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development.
Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.
Frank is Associate Professor, deputy director of the Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at ANU. In addition to extensive academic contributions he has been active in policy advisory, including as advisor to Australia’s Garnaut Climate Change Review, other governments and as consultant to international organisations. He is a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Frank recently led a collaborative research program on market mechanisms for China’s climate and energy policy, involving Chinese and Australian universities.
Since March 2015, Caroline Lambert is the European Union's Climate and Environment Counsellor in Australia. Before being posted to Australia, Caroline worked for five years in the private office of the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. Between 2007 and 2010, Caroline advised Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Communication and Interinstitutional Relations. Caroline entered the European Union's civil service in 2000 and also worked in the Energy, Transport and Budget Departments. Caroline also did strategic communications and public affairs work in the energy and environment sector for European businesses and commodities. She holds a post-graduate diploma in European Political Sciences from the College of Europe where she was awarded first prize of the year. She has a MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and graduated in International Economics with the highest honors.
Ilona is an environmental and projects lawyer with a diverse range of experience in climate law and policy. Her particular focus is advising on the legal aspects of international and domestic climate change policy, carbon markets and emissions trading. Most recently, Ilona has been involved in advising Government, large emitters, project developers and market participants on the design and implementation of carbon pricing schemes in Australia, including the Emission Reduction Fund and the Safeguard Mechanism.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2008, Ilona worked for the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development in London, where she assisted the Alliance of Small Island States in international climate change negotiations and provided advice to the European Commission on legal and policy issues associated with emissions trading schemes.
Ilona co-coordinates the international climate change law course at the Australian National University. She is listed among the best lawyers for Climate Change by Best Lawyers Australia 2016.
Willy is an environmental specialist who has worked for a range of Pacific-based organisations over the past 15 years, including the UNDP, FAO, the University of the South Pacific, and more recently the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Willy returned to Wellington in January following four years in Fiji where climate change adaptation and financing remains front-and-centre of the development agenda. Now based with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Willy is heading up a small taskforce that is supporting Pacific Island Countries to tap into the newly established Green Climate Fund (GCF). This US$ 11 billion fund stands to become the ‘go to’ source for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives around the planet… if it can get the formula right.
Jonathon, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (2007) and ‘The World We Made’ (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
Gordon was the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University until September 30, and is now a Fellow with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Center for Dialogue
In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1989.
During his time on City Council, he initiated the Task Force on Atmospheric Change in 1989 (“Clouds of Change”) – likely the first report on climate change by a municipal government in North America.
He also blogs on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at “Price Tags” (www.pricetags.wordpress.com).
The Commodities Trading group provides full service price risk management solutions to producers, traders and consumers across a broad range of commodity, emissions and power markets.
Westpac has been trading Emissions for a decade, beginning with the EU ETS in 2006 and undertaking the first trade of carbon in Australia in 2008. In N.Z. Westpac has stood as a principle market-maker since the inception of the NZETS and has been the recipient of “Best Carbon Trading Company – Australasia” by Environmental Finance every year awarded.
Geoff has worked in financial markets for almost 26 years in Sydney, London and Hong Kong, the majority of which has been dedicated to the commodities sectors. Previously with Citibank, Geoff joined Westpac in 2006 to focus on the growth of the commodities business. He has been heavily involved in a broad range of government forums around the design and operation of both the Australian and N.Z. emissions trading schemes and is Chair of the AFMA Carbon Markets Committee.
Emily has working in a variety of roles in the emissions trading space from strategy development, compliance management to advocacy & policy affairs. In her current role as Environmental Products Originator she structures emissions deals to assist BP to manage its compliance obligation as well as designing and delivering emissions trading services to third party market participants on both the supply and demand side. Emily originally from Melbourne, has been based in Singapore for the past 3 years, and has a double degree in Economics and Environmental Science.
Richard is the National Sustainability Manager for IKEA, with 12 year’s sustainability and environmental management experience.
At IKEA Richard is responsible for implementing the IKEA People & Planet Positive Strategy for 2020. Which includes bold ambitions to produce more renewable energy than is consumed, drive energy and resource efficiency in-store, and take a lead in creating a better everyday life for the people and communities impacted by the IKEA business - which includes extending IWAY, the IKEA supplier code of conduct throughout the supply chain.
Prior to joining IKEA Richard worked across three Local Governments where he designed and managed a number of community and business sustainability projects across Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.
Richard has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Mapping Science.
Barry is a Professor of Law at the University of Waikato, and Director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. His recent research in energy law has included work on geothermal resources, carbon capture and storage, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, rental housing energy performance, subsurface resource ownership, community benefits arrangements, energy networks. Much of this research has been funded by external agencies including MBIE. He teaches energy law at Waikato, Calgary, and in Denmark. He is also active in research on environmental law and mining law matters. He is a Director of the Environmental Defence Society, and is the New Zealand member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association.
Paula Bennett is a senior Cabinet Minister in the National government, holding portfolio responsibilities for Climate Change Issues, State Services and Social Housing. She is also the Associate Minister of Finance and Tourism. Prior to this, she was New Zealand’s longest serving Minister of Social Development, responsible for the nation’s welfare and social support services.
First elected to Parliament in 2005, Paula represents the Upper Harbour electorate in Auckland. She enjoys the synergy between her responsibilities and is focused on ensuring the Government delivers results for New Zealanders.
As founder and CEO of the Sustainable Business Network Rachel has played a critical role in advancing the value of sustainability for the past 14 years. Her work has seen the introduction to SBN of critical transformation areas in which New Zealand can lead the world. She leads SBN with a strong focus on communicating the value and benefit of reshaping profit.
In 2009 Rachel was trained by Al Gore to present The Inconvenient Truth and joined an elite group of international presenters to be part of the Climate Reality Project broadcast. As a regular presenter, collaborator and driver of action within NZ communities, Rachel is committed to the role business plays in supercharging and transforming NZ’s economy into one that is smarter and more sustainable.
Simon was elected to Parliament in 2008 as the Member for Tauranga and became a Minister in April 2012. He currently holds the Transport and Energy and Resources portfolios, is the Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues and Justice, and the Deputy Leader of the House.
He has previously served as Minister of Labour, Minister of Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of Transport.
Before entering Parliament Simon was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts, and has also practised as a litigation lawyer at a major legal firm.
Simon has Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law (with Honours) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. He has also worked as an intern at the British House of Commons.
Nigel is one of the original OMF team, joining the firm in 1986. Nigel has considerable experience and understanding of the financial markets with particular emphasis on renewable energy, commodity, dairy and equity futures markets. He is also a prominent figure in the NZ carbon and dairy markets.
In 1996, Nigel relocated to UBS Warburg in Sydney to manage the Equity Derivative division. In 1998, he set up his own trading company which he ran for 9 successful years before returning to OMF in 2007.
Nigel frequently travels throughout Asia and NZ, conducting presentations that educate and advise corporates involved in Emissions Trading Schemes and the dairy markets.
David is a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister. He left Parliament in 1996 and has since practiced as a lawyer. He has served on several governance boards including as chair of the ACC and the Electricity Commission and as Deputy Chair of the Commerce Commission. He is currently Deputy Chair of Environment Canterbury and Chair of Business New Zealand's Energy Council.
Ken has 35 years of Corporate and Property Banking experience, with particular focus in the Forestry, Agri-Science and the Commercial Property Sectors. Ken is an expert in optimising business and project structures to attract funding. His expertise includes determining the most favourable balance of debt and equity for a proposal, negotiating significant debt facilities and introducing 3rd party investors/equity providers to large scale projects.
Brian is a business columnist for The New Zealand Herald. He has been a journalist since 1984 and was the Herald's economics editor between 2000 and last year, taking in that capacity an interest in climate policy.
Dave is Director of New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington. His research, which has a particular emphasis on how scientific innovation can inform real world policy, has been published in leading scientific journals such as the Nature group of journals and Science. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2011, Dave worked at the University of Oxford, where he remains a Senior Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Dave is also former Director of the Deep South National Science Challenge, and was a Lead Author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition to his academic roles Dave has also worked as a policy analyst in the New Zealand Treasury and as an academic visitor in the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Tim was appointed Chief Executive in November 2012. Over the past 30 years he has had extensive experience in the media, government, public relations and market research sectors.
Prior to his appointment at ICNZ, Tim was Executive Director of leading market research company, UMR Research, where he led a number of key research projects particularly in the energy, primary industry and public sectors providing strategic advice at Board and Chief Executive level.
He has been a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, the current Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, and former Finance Minister the Rt Hon Sir William Birch.
Tim has also been a senior public relations practitioner and lobbyist as well as a senior parliamentary reporter.
Ken’s professional approach has usually been to test the prevailing orthodoxy and associated rules of engagement.
His decision to turn a decades‑long diplomatic career into a political one was not taken lightly. But sitting in UN headquarters in New York in January 2005, Ken officially joined the Green Party of Aotearoa and took his step onto the political stage. “I was prepared to climb the building from the outside,” he says of his desire to make a difference.
Growing up, Ken was dedicated to rugby, somewhat to the detriment of school work. When he went to university, however, that dedication turned to education; and from there, his attention shifted to the world stage.
He spent the eighties and nineties standing up for peace and human rights, whether he was working at the UN, with a non-governmental organisation, or as an academic.
His extraordinary range of experience allows Ken to advance causes of peace and disarmament, sustainability and human rights. It is these values underpinning the vision of a just global legal order that moved him to enter national politics.
The Climate Change Directorate leads the development and implementation of New Zealand’s policy in response to climate change. This includes policy and oversight of the New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme and its interaction with international carbon markets. The directorate is also responsible for the ratification and implementation of the Paris Agreement as well as monitoring and reporting New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Previously, Kay led an inter-agency project to develop New Zealand’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution. Earlier in her career, she was Director Water Reform at the Ministry for the Environment.
Suzi is currently a Senior Fellow at Motu and an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University. She graduated from Harvard University in 1995 with a PhD in Economics. From 1998 to 2009 she was Director and Senior Fellow at Motu. In 2010 she won the NZIER Economics Award. She has also worked at the University of Maryland at College Park, Resources for the Future (USA), the Joint Center for the Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT, and more recently was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University for the 2009/10 year and at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia in the first half of 2014.
Her current research work focuses on climate change. She empirically and theoretically investigates domestic and international climate change policy with special emphasis on emissions pricing and land use in both the tropics and New Zealand. She also leads work on climate change impacts and adaptation in New Zealand. She has previously worked extensively on economic instruments for managing water quality, fisheries and air quality. She has run four policy dialogue processes, one in the lead up to the establishment of New Zealand’s emissions trading system, others on managing water quality in Lake Rotorua, on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and (co-led) on New Zealand’s Low Emissions Future, and she is currently leading a dialogue on New Zealand’s ETS.
Roger’s responsibilities include New Zealand's domestic climate policies, international climate change negotiations and reporting and evidence functions.
He has extensive experience in international climate change negotiations and prior to his appointment as Director was employed as a Principal Policy Analyst within MfE - working across a range of environmental and corporate issues including outcomes and strategic planning.
Roger brings a strong focus on building partnerships across the natural resource sector agencies, business and academia. He has previously worked at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry on land sector issues, WTO negotiations and international sustainable forest management.
Shane is Chief Operating Officer – Northern at NZ Bus, the largest operator of urban bus services in New Zealand. It has a fleet of over 1,000 buses, employs approximately 1,900 people and carries over 50 million passengers each year, across its operations in Auckland and Wellington.
NZ Bus’ market leadership in public transport provision is built on its track record of innovation and continuous improvement to deliver efficient, reliable and accessible bus services. It recently announced plans to invest NZ$43m in Wrightspeed electric powertrains to enable it to lead the transition to electric-powered public transport in New Zealand, and in turn enable New Zealand to play a lead role in global efforts to address climate change.
Prior to joining NZ Bus in 2009, Shane spent ten years in the technology sector as Global Marketing & Business Development Manager at Navman and then General Manager at Fusion Electronics.
Andy is the Deputy Director (International) of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, a fully-government funded Centre working in partnership with industry to develop and extend ways of reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
In this role, Andy is seeking to develop and promote international research collaboration and capacity building to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, particularly through the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.
Andy’s current research interests focus on the role of agriculture in domestic and international climate change policy, including strategies for dealing with non-CO2 gases, and climate change impacts and adaptation, uncertainty and its implications for decision-making.
Andy is also a member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and served as coordinating lead author in the major IPCC climate change report released in 2014. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, Head of the Technical Support Unit for the Synthesis Report of the 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC, and Senior Advisor on climate change for the Ministry for the Environment.
Tracey leads a team of specialists across Sustainability Strategy and Non-Financial Reporting; Impact and Outcome Measurement; Climate Change and Energy; and Health, Safety, and Environment. She has over 20 years’ of experience serving energy, legal, financial, transport, property, manufacturing, infrastructure, and government clients. During this time, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of private and public organisations from start-ups to S&P500 in an advisory capacity to assist clients in their business transformation towards a more sustainable path. She has worked throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Pacific Rim, China and the US. Prior to joining EY in June 2016, Tracey was Managing Partner for a global sustainability consultancy and led their NZ business until joining EY. Tracey came to New Zealand from the UK in 2008.
Bernard Savage is European Union's first resident Ambassador to New Zealand. Prior to this, he has served as EU's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (also accredited to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the GCC) and to Sri Lanka (also accredited to the Maldives). Earlier in his career he was posted in Lesotho and Mauritania. Until his current role, he was the Head of Division responsible for relations with the Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) at the EU's foreign policy service, the European External Action Service. In his 24-year career with the EU, Bernard was also member of European Commission's Special Envoy to Iraq and took part in EU's enlargement negotiations with Poland.
Bernard was born in Glasgow, Scotland and joined the EU in 1992. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA with Distinction in Strategic Planning from Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University). He is proficient in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese and has published several articles and essays. Bernard is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and member or King Abdulaziz ibn Saud Order of Merit (First Class).
Karen has more than 20 years’ experience in Institutional and Middle Markets Banking in both New Zealand and Australia.
Karen is General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional for Westpac New Zealand responsible for products, customer engagement and the development and delivery of services to our Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients in New Zealand.
Karen chairs Westpac’s Environmental Solutions and Affordable Housing sustainability workstreams and chairs the BusinessNZ Governance Group for Business Leadership on Climate.
Before returning to New Zealand Karen held a range of senior roles within Westpac Institutional Bank Australia, her last being Managing Director and Global Head of Debt Capital Markets. She was also inaugural Chair of the Westpac Group Property Risk Forum and prior to this led Westpac Australia’s Corporate and Institutional Property Teams.
Previously Karen has been responsible for leading Institutional and Middle Market segments at both Westpac and Credit Agricole in New Zealand.
Mark’s appointment as New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador was announced in April 2016. Prior to his current role, he was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan. Mark is a senior and experienced diplomat with extensive international negotiation experience.
Mark has a deep understanding of New Zealand’s interests and is considered an exceptional choice to lead the next steps of our negotiating effort. The adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in December 2015 was a historic achievement, but it is by no means the end of the road. Negotiators are now focused on the work programme to flesh out the operational details of the Paris Agreement. This will provide clarity on the rules to be applied to countries’ commitments.
Alex is currently a Senior Campaigner for WWF-New Zealand. He has worked in a number of roles across public service, NGOs, and Parliament. He is responsible for delivering WWF's public campaigns and works with communities, industry, government and politicians to change how we look after nature and our communities that depend on it.
As Chief Executive Officer, Ann is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and achievement of the organisation's industry leadership position in providing programmes for improving environmental performance for other organisations. Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited assists organisations to improve their environmental, carbon and energy management through the Enviro-Mark, CEMARS, carboNZero and Energy-Mark certification programmes. Ann provided the technical leadership for the development of CEMARS and the carboNZero programme as certification schemes and subsequent international accreditations from the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), the UK Environment Agency and the Carbon Disclosure Project. She has extensive technical experience and expertise in environmental and sustainability strategies. Previous roles include sustainability coordinator for University of Hertfordshire and project manager for collaborative European-funded projects to help businesses improve competitiveness through environmental management systems. Ann has been widely published and is a representative at many national and international meetings and conferences on carbon management and climate change.
Janet is a social scientist with a particular interest in societal responses to environmental challenges. She is the Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, which carries out interdisciplinary collaborative research in agriculture, food, energy and environment. Janet leads the 4-year interdisciplinary research programme Energy Cultures 2 which examines opportunities to support energy-related behaviour change in households, businesses and in transport. She is also a research team member in the 6-year GREEN Grid research programme, examining the implications of changing consumer expectations and technology uptake for the future management of the electricity grid. She is the chair of the Board of the National Energy Research Institute.
Alec is the Acting Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Auckland Council, responsible for mainstreaming sustainable practices within Auckland Council and Auckland more generally. As Acting-CSO, Alec leads a range of programmes focused on enabling Auckland’s transition into a sustainable, resilient and globally competitive city. This includes projects directly managed by the Chief Sustainability Office in its focal areas of corporate sustainability, climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, as well as broader collaborative programmes involving internal and external stakeholders such as elected members, Council Controlled Organisations, central government and mana whenua.
Prior to joining council, Alec was a Principal Consultant within a global environmental consultancy delivering projects ranging from sustainability strategy development and implementation through to carbon auditing and assurance. He was also the Global Technical Lead for the firm’s corporate water strategy practice leading, the delivering of various water projects in New Zealand and internationally.
Dr Megan Woods is the Member of Parliament for Wigram and sits on Labour’s Front Bench as Spokesperson for Canterbury, Climate Change Issues and Associate Trade & Export Growth. She holds a PhD in New Zealand history from the University of Canterbury and worked for Plant and Food Research before entering Parliament. Megan is passionate about making the changes necessary to combat climate change and ensuring the transition to a low carbon economy is a just transition.
Previously, Lawrence represented the Provincial Sector on the National Council of Local Government New Zealand. He has been Mayor of Hastings District in the North Island’s Hawke’s Bay since 2001 where he also won the honour of being Hastings District's youngest-ever Mayor. He continues to be at the forefront of not only district, but regional initiatives.
Lawrence has particular interests in transport, water and waste water issues. He was recently made a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
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